Feeling Strangely Fine

Adventures in New Food-Prunes

Since my evenings were occupied with knitting (and EA Active Sports!) I didn’t have my computer on all week and never looked into a new food/recipe.  So this week I went right off the shelf with prunes.  I had never had a prune and am not a big fan of any dried fruits beyond raisins or cranberries.  I do fondly remember my Pop-Pop would make a smiley face in his breakfast cereal with prunes, so this weeks food adventure is dedicated to his memory.   The verdict: they’re not bad if you can get past the look and chewiness of them = I’d eat them again but probably won’t become a staple of my diet.

Since there’s no recipe to go with this weeks adventure, I’ll share this one from Cooking Light (which you could easily add prunes to) that I made for breakfast this morning.  It was good and filling and a nice change from your standard oatmeal but be warned it is a different texture and a bit chewier (I probably didn’t soak the oats long enough, who knows).  It’s also easy as long as you remember to soak the oats and barley overnight.  This I will try again.

Overnight Honey-Almond Multigrain Cereal

Steel-cut oats and barley soak up water overnight so they’re ready to go in the morning. Use a big bowl because the grains will expand.

1/3 cup steel-cut oats (such as McCann’s)
2 tablespoons uncooked pearl barley
1 1/4 cups water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon honey

1. Combine oats, barley, and 1 1/4 cups water in a microwave-safe 4-cup bowl. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

2. Uncover bowl, and stir in salt. Microwave, uncovered, at HIGH for 6 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed, stirring well after 3 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg. Top with almonds and honey.

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